John Krafcik, CEO of Google Self-Driving Cars, told a Washington audience that NHTSA needs to update its federal safety standards if autonomous vehicles are to reach the market as quickly as companies like Google hope they will.
The United States is currently involved in two high-profile trade negotiations that could have far-reaching benefits for suppliers: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP).
In an unusual move, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced in April that it was withdrawing a proposal it had made last summer as part of a broad greenhouse gas emissions proposed rule. The announcement was good news for the aftermarket, since it would have inhibited aftermarket sales to the racing car industry.
The new OSHA standard goes into effect on June 23, 2018 and establishes a new permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica that is half the old standard. This new PEL will affect a broad range of auto parts manufacturers, according to a chart published by the OSHA.
Saudi Arabia is building an attractive environment for foreign companies to invest in the automotive sector. Already the leader in automotive sales and the largest importer of vehicles in the region, it intends to continue to grow by having affluent consumers and offering liberal incentives to investors.
Is more than 25 percent of your business coming from one source? If it is, consider this. According to OnStrategy’s article by Todd Ballowe, Ten Common Causes of Business Failure, number six is overdependence on a single customer.
The OBDII is the gateway to the vehicle and ultimately to the motorist. It provides access to the onboard CAN-BUS and to various diagnostic information. As with any wireless network there is a concern about security and protection against unauthorized access.
We’re in the midst of a second catalog revolution, one that once again will separate businesses committed to strong growth from those that are at risk of losing touch with the changing needs of today’s aftermarket customers.
The schools are teaching the students what the school knows but not necessarily what the industry needs. Advisory councils provide input to the schools on curriculum requirements; their goal is to educate a student on what they must know to become employable.
The automotive aftermarket is at a crossroads because it remains to be seen on how e-tailing will affect it. Will there be collaboration between suppliers and resellers on this subject or will they choose to go it alone?
Aftermarket Business World columnist Brad Mewes says that understanding the role that synergies play is important in evaluating the merits or a merger or acquisition in his column, "3 synergies that maximize value in the automotive aftermarket."
Some dealerships are boosting the image of their technicians in how they treat them. If the aftermarket is going to keep up, it will have to do the same and stop treating them as “second-class citizens.” The dealers and independent repair shops that treat them as professionals will be the winners.
Husky Spring worked with Vertical Development and its partners to create a system that offers a comprehensive website for ordering parts and a publishing system to get ACES format catalogs to retailers.
If the manufacturer of the product and the distributor/retailer don’t have their product data and inventory files in perfect sync, the business systems consuming that data fuel can misfire and make some costly mistakes.
Auto parts manufacturers and resellers struggle to handle returns efficiently and accept it as a cost of doing business. They need to invest in a system to handle returns or hire an outside expert, such as a third-party logistics company.